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Karen M. Smith

September 21, 1953 ~ August 25, 2018 (age 64)
Karen Elizabeth (Meusel) Smith, 64, wife of Patrick Christopher Smith, ascended to heaven on Saturday August 25, 2018, after a courageous battle with juvenile diabetes. Karen was born on September 21, 1953 and was the oldest of three daughters of Ruth L. (Freimuth) Meusel and the late Walter G. Meusel. She was a graduate of Bristol Central High School and Central Connecticut State College. Karen worked at The Hartford Insurance Company for over 20 years where she met her beloved husband Patrick. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. After retirement from The Hartford, she spent time supporting the church as the church secretary and served on multiple committees. Karen loved music and was an alto singer in the church choir and the Bristol Choral Society. In addition to her mother, and her husband of 29 years, Karen is survived by her two sisters and brothers-in-law; Lori and Scott Eschner of Bristol, and Nancy and Mike Martone of Wolcott; her godson: Aaron Desjardins and wife Stephanie with great nephews: Nathan and Drew of Wallingford; her nieces: Allyssa Kirschner and her husband Justin and great niece Annabelle of Burlington, and Allison Eschner of Bristol. Also, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Michael and Harriet Albert-Smith of South Windsor; nieces and nephews: Rosemary Metke and husband Quinten of Trumbull, Danielle Albert of East Hartford, Isaiah Albert of East Hartford, Jerome Smith of Manchester; great-niece: Alia Metke, and great-nephews: Nathaniel and Ethan Metke. She also leaves her dear friend Sue Gorski. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at The Pines and Bristol Hospital, including Ingraham Manor and the Wound Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at 11 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow Street. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave, Bristol on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 between 5 and 7 PM. Donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow St., Bristol, CT 06010 or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA, 02215. Please visit Karen’s memorial web-site at
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